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Foam Strip on underside of print cartidge slider

I have put through some thick card which has picked up the foam strip on the underside of the catridge printing area and mangled it beyond repair.
Is there any where I can just pick up this foam strip or is there an easier solution. I just dont want to bin the printer as it is one of Epsons better printers.

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  • BobSacrament Jan 11, 2008

    So did the foam in mine came out about the same time. I have had no luck on line to find any parts outlet. Epson was no help eigher .Bob,Sacramento CA.

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Try Express Terminals in the UK or your local Epson repair place may have a scrapped one you could beg the foam out of. Failing that why not just leave it out?

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Cleaning the ink cartridges with the HP Printer Toolbox
  1. Click Start .
  2. Click Settings .
  3. Click Printers .
  4. Right-click the icon of the printer in use.
  5. Click Properties .
  6. Click the Services tab.
  7. Click Open the HP Photosmart Toolbox or Service this device.
  8. Click the Device Services tab. This tab does not display in Windows XP; proceed to the next step.
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Manually cleaning the ink cartridges
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  4. Prepare a clean, foam-rubber swab or a lint-free cloth slightly dampened with water.
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Sounds as though you have a leaking black cartridge and ink has got on to the platen.
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Cleaning the ink cartridges with the HP Printer Toolbox
  1. Click Start .
  2. Click Settings .
  3. Click Printers .
  4. Right-click the icon of the printer in use.
  5. Click Properties .
  6. Click the Services tab.
  7. Click Open the HP Photosmart Toolbox or Service this device.
  8. Click the Device Services tab. This tab does not display in Windows XP; proceed to the next step.
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Manually cleaning the ink cartridges
  1. Turn the printer on and lift the top cover.
  2. After the ink cartridges have moved to the center of the printer, unplug the power cord from the back of the printer.
  3. Remove the ink cartridges and place them wide side down on a piece of paper.
  4. Prepare a clean, foam-rubber swab or a lint-free cloth slightly dampened with water.
  5. Locate the copper-colored circuitry strip on the back of each cartridge.
  6. Clean the copper-colored strip with the dampened swab or cloth. Do not wipe the nozzle end of the cartridge or touch the nozzle plate.
  7. Clean the carriage contacts on the back wall of the ink cartridge carriage with a damp foam-rubber swab or lint-free cloth. Use a dry foam-rubber swab or a lint-free cloth to remove moisture from the contacts.
Cleaning the ink cartridge cradle
  1. Assume an eye level position with the HP Photosmart printer.
  2. Locate the ink cartridge cradle.
  3. Using clean, moistened swabs, wipe the underside of each wall of the carriage where fibers may collect and come in contact with the paper. Repeat until no ink residue is seen on a clean swab.
  4. Reconnect power cord when finished cleaning.
  5. When finished cleaning the ink cartridges and the cradle, print a test page.

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